For over 60 years the name of RUF has been associated with the automotive industry, meaning quality and craftsmanship. It started in 1939 when Alois Ruf, Sr. first formed his company, ‘AUTO RUF’, as a general service garage. Today this same company is still operated at its original location on Mindelheimer Street in the quaint and quiet town of Pfaffenhausen, situated in southern Germany’s Allgäu region.
While Ruf Sr. continued to strengthen and expand the company, his son, Alois Ruf Jr., was developing his own interests and passions for ‘l’art-pour-idée’ in automobiles, the true sports car. Thus during the 1960’s the younger Ruf, driven by his own interests and apprenticed to his father, gained invaluable experience by servicing and restoring Porsches.
Alois Ruf’s understanding of the strengths and inherent sporting characteristics of the Porsche 911 led to the company’s concentration on this model as the platform for all of its future automotive developments. This proved to be a wise and successful choice and has become the backbone of RUF production for many years now.
The first RUF enhanced Porsche model made its debut in 1975. Two years later, the turbo charged 911 engine, which was enlarged to 3.3 litres by RUF through the use of larger pistons, had a distinct performance increase compared to the standard Porsche Turbo model. This was followed in 1978 by the development of a 217 bhp 3.2 litre version of the six cylinder naturally aspirated 3.0 litre engine Porsche offered (which was far below its true performance potential). This conversion was favourably received by sports car enthusiasts worldwide and resulted in numerous orders.
This early RUF BTR was sold new to a Herr. Eugen Herbst on the 2nd September 1981. Herr Herbst had the car delivered to him in RUF BTR specification with a 3.4 litre motor fitted which produced 370+ bhp, in addition to other RUF items such as the exhaust, intercooler, steering wheel, gauges, and front spoiler. The RUF travelled with its owner when he later moved to Spain, and now resides in Belgium in new ownership. In more recent years the RUF has benefitted from much mechanical work, in addition to a repaint in its original shade of Guards Red.
The RUF is offered with copies of original registration documents in addition to bills for mechanical works, and a recent condition report by leading expert Ms. Gert Beets. RUF Porsches are well established in the classic car world, with huge potential for growth. A good example of a desirable classic car with truly mind-blowing performance.